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5/14/1977 (39 y, 9 m, 13 d)
1995 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 17, Overall: 17, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
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Year in Review:
It was an ugly year for Halladay off the field, as the career Blue Jay was almost traded to a contender at mid-season, only to have the club pull him back when the offers were less-than-attractive. For the second straight year, Halladay finished with a sub-3.00 ERA and more than 200 strikeouts. He also recorded 37 wins in those two seasons, while providing 239+ innings. Halladay’s fastball has lost some effectiveness (but not velocity) over the past three seasons, and he’s made up for that with two plus pitches: a cutter and a curveball. Halladay struggled in six August starts after failing to be traded, but he rebounded during his last six starts of the year when he posted a 1.47 ERA with four complete games and three shutouts.
The Year Ahead:
Halladay is a workhorse and an organizational soldier in Toronto. However, he wanted to play for a winner and that was not going to happen with the Blue Jays in 2010, so he was dealt to Philadelphia in the off-season. You can pencil him in for 15+ wins, 220+ innings, 200+ strikeouts and fewer than 40 walks. The move to the National League should only improve his chances to post Cy-Young-worthy numbers. Halladay will also post a respectable (50% or more) ground-ball rate, and his new club’s good infield defense will improve his numbers even more. Halladay’s win total could also be boosted by playing for a very good offensive club. (Marc Hulet)
With a move from the American League to the National League in 2010, Halladay dominated as expected. The 33-year-old ace won more than 20 games for the third time in his career, while recording 200+ strikeouts for a third straight season and 220+ innings for the fifth consecutive year. Halladay also showed outstanding control with a walk rate of 1.08 BB/9 (his sixth straight year below 2.00 BB/9). With a fairly strong offense behind him, the former Blue Jay is a threat to reach all those levels again in 2011. With Cliff Lee joining him in the starting rotation, there will be a little less pressure on him -- not that he's ever been fazed by expectations. Halladay should be one of the first three to five pitchers off the board in mixed leagues and he is a great pitcher to spend money on in auction leagues given his durability. He also one of the safest 33-year-old pitchers you can have in keeper leagues because he's in great shape and should age well. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Halladay could be a member of the most potent one-two punch in 2011, with the addition of free-agent Cliff Lee. Halladay is a threat to win the Cy Young Award and is one of the best fantasy pitchers in baseball.
When discussing Halladay, it's hard not to utilize the sort of language generally reserved for truck commercials. You want power? Halladay struck out a career-best 23.6% of opposing batters (8.47 strikeouts per nine innings) in 2011. Durability? The 2011 season marked the sixth consecutive one in which Halladay reached the 220-inning mark. Best-in-class payload? Actually, that's not a really a thing that humans have -- but one should also note that Halladay only walked 3.8% of opposing batters (1.35 BB/9) while inducing grounders on 50.9% of batted balls. Per Pitch F/x, Halladay threw five different pitches -- a four-seam fastball, a two-seamer, a cutter, a curve, and a changeup -- at least 15% of the time and, also per Pitch F/x, all of those five pitches graded out as above-average in terms of runs saved. If you're looking for Halladay's downside, it's that he'll be 35 in 2012. Otherwise, he's Roy Halladay. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Imagine Roy Halladay anytime from 2006-11 in your head: that's very likely how Roy Halladay will pitch in 2012. The only downside? He's 35. But that's picking nits.
Much like Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay," Roy Halladay's struggles remind us that even beautiful things must come to an end. Halladay's six year run of making at least 31 starts and tossing 220 innings ended after Halladay missed nearly two months with a strained back muscle. He returned in July, but struggled more than usual, particularly down the stretch, giving up 20 runs in 26.1 September innings. Though his peripherals remained good, there were some reasons for concern. Halladay's fastball averaged just 90.6 mph last season, a significant drop from his 92.0 mph career average. His 3.69 FIP suggests that he will experience a slight bounce back this season, but, for perhaps the first time since he burst onto the fantasy scene, Halladay comes with some risk. Here's hoping he's able to stay gold for just a little longer. (
The Quick Opinion:
Halladay finally showed some signs of decline last season. While his peripherals suggest there's still the potential for a quality season, he now comes with some risk. Watch his velocity in spring training and proceed appropriately.
Halladay announced his retirement on December ninth. With careful misdirection, the Andre Nowzik's of your league may still be convinced to draft him next season. The particularly crafty among you might choose to draft Halladay and then trade him to these gullible owners. I recommend packaging him with Manny Ramirez, who's totally making a comeback bid next season. Totally. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
He no longer plays baseball professionally. Generally speaking, that hurts a player's fantasy value.
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